Kyla Moore

  • Hosted by Start Small Think Big
  • Sponsored by Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
  • Service location Bronx, New York
  • Law school The University of Michigan Law School
  • Issue area Community/Economic Development
  • Fellowship class year 2016
  • Program Design Your Own Fellowship

The Project

More than 45 percent of New Yorkers live at or near the poverty line. This percentage is much higher among communities of color. Starting a business is a key way for individuals to achieve financial stability and serve as an anchor for communities, by providing diverse goods and services responsive to local needs. Lack of access to affordable/high-quality legal assistance is one of the most significant challenges faced by low-income entrepreneurs. Low-income entrepreneurs generally operate without legal counsel and are unable to transform their “hustles” into formal businesses poised for growth.

Fellowship Highlights

In the past two years, Kyla has:

  • Piloted 16 legal advice clinics available after client’s normal work hours in four New York City boroughs in Manhattan (Midtown and Uptown), Brooklyn, Bronx, and Queens
  • Provided direct legal advice to over 100 under-resourced entrepreneurs with pressing legal needs
  • Supported volunteer attorneys who provided over 80 hours of legal advice worth more than $30,000
  • Leveraged community partner relationships to increase long term legal advice pipelines for entrepreneurs by partnering with 7 community organizations and 7 law firms

What’s Next

Now that the Fellowship is complete, Kyla plans to:

  • Continue working in the New York City metro area to advance community economic development strategies that highlight under-resourced populations
  • Utilize her growing expertise in New York City’s range of providers for every aspect of small business services
  • Mentor high school and college students on academic, professional and personal goals

Media

My Impact: A Conversation with 2016 Fellow Kyla Moore

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